Selena Gomez is the most followed person on Instagram but even she takes breaks from the gram every now and then. Selena has revealed before that she deletes the app from her phone at least once a week, explaining that she frequently needs time away from the mean comments that might appear underneath her photos.
Her frequent breaks from the social media platform does not always go over so well with the app’s executives. In an interview she explained that the co-founder of Instagram, Kevin Systrom, “has gotten mad at me in the past when I was like, ‘I have to take a break from it.'”
Selena went on to explain why those breaks are good for her health. “Removing myself was about spending time with things that matter,” she said. “I’ve been hanging out with an old friend, and basically every conversation, we want it to be intentional. Meaningful conversations remind you that it’s all within where we are. It’s not about what’s happening with everything else.”
Unplugging from social media can be beneficial for your mental health. It is becoming increasingly obvious that our world is developing an unhealthy attachment to technology. Research has shown this in many ways. Powering-down helps remove unhealthy feelings of jealousy, envy, and loneliness. Research has shown that one in three people felt worse after visiting Facebook and more dissatisfied with their lives.
It also combats FOMO – the fear of missing out. Although the term is thrown around casually but it has been recognised as a recently emerging psychological disorder brought on by the advance of technology. Solitude is also harder to find in an always-connected world. We are too distracted by our newsfeed to embrace the stillness and quiet required to evaluate our lives and reflect on the message in our hearts.
We challenge you this holiday to go for a week without your favourite social media sites this December holiday. It might sound like an extreme action to take but addiction can only truly be understood when the object is taken away. Take the time to reflect on what is important in life and also take time to create instead of consume. If the Queen of Insta can do it then we’re pretty damn sure you can do it too!